December, 2015 Alex & Gillian

Meet Alex!

Alex, before starting his training at CFP.

Alex, before starting his training at CFP.

Alex has lost over 30 pounds and is well on his way to achieving his goal of 50 pounds weight lost.

Alex has lost over 30 pounds and is well on his way to achieving his goal of 50 pounds weight lost.

We've chosen Alex because of his determination that has inspired the both of us. We are constantly reminded by Alex's work ethic that even our "newbies" can accomplish great things when they put their minds to it! Alex has shown us once again how exciting this process can truly be, and how much of a change it can provide in one's life! Here's a little bit more about Alex:

*How long have you been strength training at CFP?

I have trained with Bret and Megan for a little under 3 months.
*What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
There have been so many accomplishments while working with Bret, but my favorite is that I'm seeing and feeling the difference in my body. I'm able to feel these muscle groups we've been working on, and that's been rewarding all in its self.
*What are your current goal(s) you'd like to achieve in the next 3 months?
My primary goal is to meet my weight goal of 200 pounds. Only 12.6 more pounds to go!
*What is one goal you'd like to achieve over the next year?
I get amazed at all of the things that other people can do, from headstands to double single-legged dead lifts. I want to do those things too! Ultimately, I would like to achieve C rank (or better) on all of the Hall of Fame exercises by the end of next year.
*What is your favorite cheat food, drink?
My favorite cheat food is taking a banana, slathering crunchy peanut butter, dumping a mound of sweetened coconut, and topping them with a handful of dark chocolate chips.
*Most "love it or hate it" exercise?
I love the challenges that the ropes present.  At first, I approach them with a lot of confidence as if they were trivial, but by the end, I'm exhausted.  I tell the ropes that they've won this round, and I'll be back for more.  It's a fun cycle!
*How many days per week do you strength train at CFP? What do you do for exercise outside of CFP, # times per week?
I strength train at CFP three times a week. For the remaining four days, I use Fitbit to challenge myself and my coworkers to be active by taking walks and going on runs. We frequently have competitions to see who can take the most steps in a day or over the weekend.
*Which habits do you most attribute your continued success to?
The biggest contributor is having fun while exercising. Bret and Megan make it really easy to have fun at CFP, while Fitbit has helped keep me active outside the strength training.
*Favorite ability you’ve gained from your training?
I've never been able to run without having pain in my shins, now I'm able to run for ten minutes without feeling any pain in my legs.
*Anything else you would like to include about yourself?
When I am not being active, I enjoy playing the piano, playing computer games, and spending time with my apartment buddies.  I have been playing the piano for a little over three years, and it is easily one of my favorite creative outlets. I also wanted to especially thank those who have helped me change my life from being unhealthily sedentary to eagerly active. Bret and a handful of others have been instrumental in this process!
 

Meet Gillian!

Gillian, demonstrating her 1/2 Pushup, one of her "love it or hate it" exercises.

Gillian, demonstrating her 1/2 Pushup, one of her "love it or hate it" exercises.

Gillian is an avid distance runner. She uses strength training to stay healthy and improve her performance on the street!

Gillian is an avid distance runner. She uses strength training to stay healthy and improve her performance on the street!

We've chosen Gillian as our female member of the month for many reasons. The first being her work ethic. She works hard, every single work out. Gillian is always open-minded to trying new things, even the oddest of exercises she gives it her best shot! Here at CFP we strive for constant forward progress, and Gillian has proven our philosophy to be true. She is consistent in showing up and continues to push herself as she gains more strength and more abilities every single session here at CFP. Here's a little bit more about Gillian:
*How long have you been strength training at CFP?
I started training in January 2015 when I found that my regular running and biking routines were getting stale and although I was not getting any worse, I was not improving and it was really hard to put forth the effort to stick with it.  Being someone who was used to primarily training alone,  I wasn't sure if I would like going through a routine with others, or going to a gym at all.   It really surprised me how CFP can be a place to look at the board and get in the zone to do your own thing, and a place to support and rely on the support of others.  Even on the worst days, Bret smiles you through it and puts your goals and progress in perspective. 
*What is your proudest accomplishment so far? 
Well, I am pretty proud that I can stand on my head without any assistance, but really my proudest moment is that I can actually do more than a few push ups- both knee and half ones.  I hate the lacrosse ball, but each time I touch my nose to it without cheating up it helps me know that I am making progress.  I am sure that Bret would have a good roll of funniest training videos if he took photos of my first attempts which really looked like staring at the floor and then doing the inch worm.
*What are your current goal(s) you'd like to achieve in the next 3 months?
I want to be able to crow stand without fearing falling on my face and I would love to master the single leg dead lift with some fluidity.  And, it will be a good day when I do not need a reminder to pack my shoulders and avoid hunching!
*What is one goal you'd like to achieve over the next year? 
Well of course I want to make it on the wall of fame!
*What is your favorite cheat food or drink? 
Coffee and a good carb, the perfect chocolate chip cookie maybe!
*Most "love it or hate it" exercise?  
Love it: I love the kettle bell swings when you get in the flow, I love the challenge of a personal record and looking at a weight that seems impossible and you clean it. I love the challenge of getting through a complex move like the Turkish get up- something that when Bret told you it was possible you just laughed and then it became possible with coaching, encouragement,  a little will power,  and maybe a little breathing thrown in there.  Currently I hate the challenge of the handstand and the crow stand- it's a head thing as much as it is a strength thing for me.  And the single leg dead lift still haunts me a little when it appears on the board.
*How many days per week do you strength train at CFP? What do you do for exercise outside of CFP, # times per week?
I train 3 x per week at CFP.  On the side,   I bike commute as much as possible and am currently training for the Shamrock 1/2 marathon.  In addition to my training plans, I have lots of children in my life and a active dog who remind me not to sit still for too long.
*Which habits (pick 1 or 2) do you most attribute your continued success to? 
Get up and get going.  Train early and get it done before you talk yourself out of it. Every once in a while make sure to take stock of where you have been and where you are going.  One day at a time.
*Favorite ability you’ve gained from your training?
Well I have abs, not of steal,  but at least I know they are there.  And, I have accomplished goals I never knew were possible with weights I never thought I could lift.  As much as I love the pink bell I haven't had to use it in a while.
*Anything else you would like to include about yourself?
I like being more balanced in my approach to fitness- a little strength training, a little endurance training and some good warm up and stretching routines to rely on.  Most of all I like how Bret and Megan come alongside you to support your goals and push you when needed and encourage you to keep coming back.  It is the perfect mix of training and support for me.